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The Legend of the Bell
October – especially because of Halloween – brings out a superstitious side of us. From avoiding ladders to making sure black cats don’t cross your path – this is the month to scare the crap out of your friends and watch over your shoulder for a rogue zombie. The motorcycling community is no stranger to superstition – from riding with the rear pegs down to green bikes being bad luck to – our personal favorite – the Gremlin Bell.
While the exact origin is unknown – the superstition says that by attaching a small silver or brass bell to the lowest part of a motorcycle’s frame, the rider will be protected from road gremlins trying to harm them. If the road gremlins do grab a rider’s bike – the hollow part of the bell will catch them – and while they may be able to hold on initially, the ringing and bouncing of the bell will drive them crazy and they will let go – leaving the rider safe to ride on. Here’s the catch though – riders can’t purchase these bells for themselves – they need to be given one from another rider as a sign of goodwill and camaraderie.
This tradition runs deep with Harley riders – but many other cruiser and touring riders have also adopted it over the years. And while there will never be a way to prove if this superstition is real – October is the month to give it a chance – so hit the road during this weirdly spooky month and toll the bell.